The Nicene Creed Audio Recording in Latin

Nicene-Creed

The Council of Nicea was convened on this day, May 20th, in AD 325. The origins of what we now know as the Nicene Creed were adopted at this council. The creed affirmed the nature of Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, and is still widely used in Christian liturgy to this day. Dwane Thomas recently […]

How to Teach Kids the Parables

Good Samaritan

I still remember as a child reading the stories of the good Samaritan and prodigal son in the colorful Arch Books series (yes, I grew up in the 1970’s).  Their curious images of distress and compassion made a strong impression on me that I still haven’t forgotten. Their power, of course, came from the stories […]

Flip through our 2015 Catalog

2015 Catalog Cover

If you’d like to see all our products in one place, take a minute and look through our new 2015 Catalog. (We want to thank Joy Miller of Five J’s Design for her great work on it!)

A New Series for Parents: Carole Joy Seid’s Literature-Based Curriculum

Book Week Small

When we started Compass Classroom in 2010, our primary focus was teaching students. We wanted to create video curriculum that would be engaging, interesting, and even fun. Could kids laugh when they learned Latin? Could short film clips teach economics? Could American History be explained through stories? Of course, we were thinking about parents, too, from the perspective of […]

Visual Latin review from a 14 yr old who uses it!

Visual Latin: a review from a 14 year old who uses it!

This is a guest post by Brittan Hart, a 14 year old student of Visual Latin. When I was considering learning Latin, I stumbled upon a link that looked like this: What struck me hard, chilling the very blood in my veins, was the two words encircled in parentheses: (very fun). Oh no.  Before you […]

Poetry for Children: Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

Poetry for Children: Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein

Children should be able to releate to this poem, but it is actually for all the mothers of toddlers! This can be a good poem for your children to begin thinking about how to practice empathy and think about how to imagine someone else’s perspective. Dirty Face by Shel Silverstein Where did you get such […]

Poetry for Children: Look What You Did, Christopher! by Ogden Nash

Poetry for Children: Look What You Did, Christopher!

This poem is a little more work as far as the grammar. Nash makes some funny observations connecting (and blaming) the discovery of America to many far-reaching and annoying things, like the interruption of a ringing telephone. Look What You Did, Christopher! by Ogden Nash In fourteen hundred and ninety-two, Someone sailed the ocean blue. […]

Poetry for Children: Teddy Bear by A .A. Milne

Poetry for Children - Teddy Bear by A.A. Milne

This poem is one of the early appearances of the stuffed bear who would later become Winnie-the-Pooh. It is a fun example of how a poem can switch between internal monologue, narration, conversation, pretense, and reality — all just with punctuation and an observant reader.  Teddy Bear by A. A. Milne A bear, however hard […]

Poetry for Children: An Alphabet by Edward Lear

Poetry for Children: "An Alphabet" by Edward Lear

For Valentine’s Day, we want your children to fall in love with poetry! One of the most important parts of learning to love poetry is learning to love POEMS themselves. Matt Whitling has hand-picked many for the collection included in The Grammar of Poetry. If you’re looking for more (and a few more goofy options), […]

Latin Resources & Encouragement

Latin Encouragement - completion certificate

If you’re just getting back into the swing of things after break, we’re sorry to have to tell you, but things get a little harder in the second semester of Visual Latin. Around this time last year, Dwane gave us a few words about that very phenomenon. You are right, the difficulty of the course will increase […]